Iâ€™ve now checked out the crests I was shown at The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show using Crestfinder (the magical and unique function on myfamilysilver.com). Iâ€™ll start with an armorial I saw on a smart pair of silver tureen covers offered by one of the dealers (as shown here):
As you can see, the crest consists of the upper figure of a woman holding a tower and some sort of plant. A search in crestfinder (which I can do, but you canâ€™t yet…) using the simple terms â€œwoman, castleâ€ turns up a couple of crests including, as you can see, the one (on the left) we were looking at:
This crest, with small variations, is carried by a number of families including Aitkinson and Bailey. However, by checking the motto below the engraved armorial (â€œCause caused itâ€) against the results we can (hey presto!) firmly attribute the crest to the Elphinstone family as shown here:
Now the dealer has a whole new way of promoting and adding value to his item (and the Elphinstones can buy back the family silver). Pretty cool, isnâ€™t it?
Soon: Another crest challenge from Miami….